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11/02/2004

Bus lanes now open to motorcyclists

Minister of State, John Spellar has announced an experimental scheme allowing motorcyclists to use some of Northern Ireland’s bus lanes.

The impact of the scheme on other road users and pedestrians will be monitored for the 18 months of the project.

A decision will then be taken on whether or not to allow motorbikes to use bus lanes on a permanent basis.

Commenting on the scheme, Mr Spellar said: "This is a new measure by DRD Roads Service to examine how the use of bus lanes can be extended to more effectively meet the Department's overall transportation objectives.

"In keeping with Government's Transport Policy, this is just one of the measures aimed at providing a more effective transport system. Our objective is to make the most efficient use of road space and encourage alternatives to using the private car.”

The use of bus lanes by motorcycles, which will begin on 22 March, follows on from the introduction of certain taxis into some bus lanes in June 2002.

New signs will be erected to clearly show which bus lane can be used by motorcyclists.

(MB)

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